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Plate, Columbus Pattern

Decorative Arts

MEDIUM Glazed earthenware
  • Place Manufactured: Tunstall, England
  • DATES ca. 1845
    DIMENSIONS 1 1/8 x 10 5/8 in. (2.9 x 27 cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS Printed in black on bottom: "Columbus [in oval reserve superimposed on anchor and ship]/ W. A. & S. [in banner]"; "3" Impressed illegible maker's mark
    COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 2013.37.5
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Mrs. W.J. Donald, by exchange
    RIGHTS STATEMENT
    CAPTION William Adams & Sons (1769-present). Plate, Columbus Pattern, ca. 1845. Glazed earthenware, 1 1/8 x 10 5/8 in. (2.9 x 27 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. W.J. Donald, by exchange, 2013.37.5 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.2013.37.5_mark.jpg)
    IMAGE mark, CUR.2013.37.5_mark.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2013
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION A circular scallop-edged earthenware plate in the Rococo Revival style, with a white ground and elaborate transfer-printed decorations in grey ink. The central scene depicts the arrival of Christopher Columbus and his ships to the American shore. The Native American tribe stands on the proper right, against a backdrop of mountains and rich vegetation. The four corners of the plate decorated with rectangular cartouches with alternating scenes of prancing deer and grazing bisons against foliate backgrounds, unified by a scalloped border with a floral chain interlaced with scrolled floral motifs. Four elaborate flower garlands on a grey ground decorate the spaces between the cartouches. The whole is encircled by a thin border of alternating ovals and scrolls. CONDITION: Very good condition.
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    William Adams & Sons (1769-present). <em>Plate, Columbus Pattern</em>, ca. 1845. Glazed earthenware, 1 1/8 x 10 5/8 in. (2.9 x 27 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. W.J. Donald, by exchange, 2013.37.5 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.2013.37.5_mark.jpg)